Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Police seek clues in fatal Derby shooting

DERBY — Police continued to search Tuesday for clues in the slaying of Javon Zimmerman, 22, shot multiple times Saturday in the parking lot of RJ’s Cafe at 148 Elizabeth St.

Police set up a tip line Monday after becoming frustrated that Zimmerman’s friends and family seemed to be offering information to everyone except the police.

The operations commander, Lt. Justin Stankos, said Tuesday the tip line is paying off, noting: “Several people have called.” He would not reveal the calls’ content.

Stanko said Monday the shooting was a “targeted act of violence” and the police had a “strong suspect,” but very few people had come forward with information. “People know what happened. They saw it. They have an obligation to come forward. This was 100 percent not random. There was a clear motive.” Stanko said it appears a dispute with a family member was involved, but he would not elaborate.
The State Police Major Crime Squad and the Ansonia police are assisting in the investigation.
Stanko said Zimmerman was shot with a small-caliber handgun. Police expect results of an autopsy today.
Stanko urges anyone with information to call the confidential tip line at 203-619-1906. Callers can remain anonymous.

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